Our third production by The NOLA Project has already opened and closed, and they did it with 20 students in 12 days. Jeff gets to the bottom of it with their Artistic Director, A.J. Allegra.
Jeff Mosser: You put this up at a breakneck pace! How did you do it?
A.J. Allegra: Our total cast is 20 and the interesting thing is that it’s 17 girls and 3 boys. We did it… 12 days [minus auditions and Thursday & Friday’s performance]. They take classes from 9:00-12:00, then lunch, and from 12:30-4:00 they have rehearsal for the show. I’m very impressed with how they handle the material. The oldest kid we have is 17 and the youngest was 11 turning 12. Across the board they’ve handled the language with adeptness, and we’ve tried to talk about the history of each one.
JM: Did you give your props designer leg up?
AA: We have the best props guy, Michael. He loves building things rather than buying. I think my favorite prop is the money fan. It’s absurdly large. (more…)